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Honor Societies


  Sigma Delta Pi: National Hispanic Honor Society

Sigma Delta Pi was established in 1919 as the “Sociedad del Prado” at the University of California-Berkeley. In 1921, with Heriberto M. Stein as president of the Alpha Chapter, the young society began to extend to other institutions of higher learning.

In 1925, when there were five chapters, and under the presidency of Mr. Leavitt O. Wright and with the support of the well-known Hispanists Elijah C. Hills, S. Griswold Morley and Rudolph Schevill, it became a national organization with the motto “Spanías Didagéi Proágomen” (Prosigamos bajo la inspiración de España/We Carry on Under the Inspiration of Spain).

Since then, there has been a continuous and energetic campaign to establish chapters in English-speaking universities and colleges where advanced Hispanic studies are offered and supported by administrations. ASU’s Eta Nu chapter was founded on Jan. 8, 1969.

The society’s colors are red and gold. Its flower is the carnation. Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of California and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It is also affiliated with the Modern Language Association and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Requirements for Membership

To be inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, students must have:

  • At least three years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a third-year Hispanic literature or culture and civilization course. Current enrollment may be counted, if necessary.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in all college-level Spanish courses taken.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all college-level work attempted.
  • A class rank in the upper 35th percentile.

Students interested in joining may complete and submit this application Sigma Delta Pi application. or contact faculty sponsor Maria de los Santos Onofre-Madrid.

If you prefer, read about the club in Spanish.


  Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma, founded in 1931, is the national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States. More than 200 charters have been granted to chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Chapters are found in state and private universities and in public and private colleges.

Alpha Mu Gamma primarily honors students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation, members receive a parchment certificate of membership, and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

The society’s activities include:

  • Publication of the annual Scroll, which contains student articles, and publication of the quarterly newsletter
  • Biennial national conventions
  • Regional conferences that allow students to meet others who share their interest in foreign languages
  • Chapter meetings and various special chapter activities
  • Sponsorship of National Foreign Language Week
  • Annual awarding of three $500 scholarships
  • Selection of members for summer scholarships
  • Publication of various pamphlets that promote the study of foreign languages and different aspects of the celebration of National Foreign Language Week

Those interested in joining should complete and submit this application Alpha Mu Gamma applicaton. For more information, contact faculty sponsor Dr. Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch.


  Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society with a local chapter, Pi Nu, at Angelo State University. The honor society is open to all English majors and minors. To be considered for membership, applicants must:

  • Be juniors, seniors or graduate students
  • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA in all English classes

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”
— William Shakespeare

For more information, contact the faculty sponsor:

Dr. R. Mark Jackson
Assistant Professor of English
Office: A 001D
Phone: (325) 486-6156
E-mail: rjackson14@angelo.edu